Madam Gifty Opoku, head of second cycle schools of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Eastern Region has called for recognition of art education to encourage and support more students in the area.

According to her, the Education Ministry needs to recognise that the skills developed through visual arts experiences helps to promote problem solving, creativity, observation and communication as well as critical thinking which is necessary for national development.
Madam Opoku said this at the Senior High Schools Visual Arts Quiz competition organised by the Eastern Regional Centre for National Culture at Koforidua.

The theme for the occasion was, ‘’rekindling the youth towards the development to visual arts for nation building.”
Participating schools included; New Juaben Senior High, Okuapeman Senior High School, Mamfe Methodist Girls, Mount Sinai Senior High School, Oti-Boateng Senior High School, Pope John’s Senior High School , Oyoko Methodist Girls’ Senior High School and Ghana Senior High school.

She urged the Ministry to put more emphasis on art shows, special exhibition competitions and camps as a way of nurturing and harnessing raw art talents found among the youth pursuing visual arts programmes.
The Regional Director of the CNC, Mr Stephen Sedofu explained that the programme was to motivate the youth to develop and promote the creative industry for them to be self-employed.

He said it was sad that despite the critical role arts and creativity played in the socio-economic development, little attention was given to that industry to the extent that even those who studied visual arts as a programme in secondary schools were perceived to be academically dull.

According to him, the perception about visual arts and for that matter technical and vocational education training (TVET) must be changed through some of such programmes to motivate the few students who ventured into arts at the secondary schools as well as to attract those who had the skills to embrace TVET.